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The Future of Work and Family Prosperity


Last week, as the Department of Labor announced the latest round of employment numbers, I was fortunate to be with the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community—experts and innovators committed to helping families with low incomes become participants in the economy—engaging in a new conversation about the future of work. The Aspen Family Innovation experts came…

Tackling Intergenerational Poverty in Utah


State leaders in Utah are determined to find solutions to intergenerational poverty and strengthen the lives of children and their parents. As Governor Gary R. Herbert shared with colleagues at the National Governors Association, “Intergenerational poverty is generation after generation where the grandparents, parents, and now the children, are trapped in poverty. We’re trying to…

Exploring a 2Gen Approach to Improve Dental Health


Cross-posted from: https://ilikemyteeth.org/exploring-a-2gen-approach-to-improve-dental-health/ When children struggle to get the dental care they need, the obstacle often can be traced to challenges being faced by their parents or caregivers. The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a nonprofit policy institute, has launched an initiative to examine these connections and explore whether multi-generational policy solutions can improve oral health.…

An Interview with Anne Mosle on 2Gen and Sarasota


In March, Ascend at the Aspen Institute co-hosted a daylong 2Gen Summit with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for the second year running. The Community Foundation has embraced the two-generation (2Gen) approach, making Sarasota a bright spot for 2Gen innovation. During this year’s 2Gen Summit in Sarasota, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune interviewed Ascend’s Executive Director…

Reducing the Cliff Effect to Support Working Families


Across the country, families of all financial backgrounds struggle to pay for child care given it is one of the largest items in the household budget. For low-income working families, the cost can be unaffordable without financial assistance through a child care tuition subsidy. Current eligibility policies can provide hardship for families striving to increase…

Ascend Fellows: A Diversity of 2Gen Expertise


Ascend Fellows are visionary leaders who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring expertise from different sectors and disciplines to the Fellowship. Here is a selection of their publications and case studies. Publications: Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Neurobiologic Change: by Ascend Fellow Dr. Sarah Enos Watamura explores new research on parent brain…